November 4, 2023 // Diocese

Around the Diocese: November 5, 2023

Unique Nativity Depictions on Display at Saint Francis

By Joshua Schipper

The University of Saint Francis will host an exhibition featuring various depictions of the Nativity of Jesus from Saturday, November 4, through Wednesday, December 20, at the Mimi and Ian Rolland Art and Visual Communication Center. The exhibit will celebrate the university’s namesake, who, eight centuries ago this year, staged the first Nativity scene.

Photos by Joshua Schipper

The collection of pieces on display came together after reaching out to around 30 regional artists who were asked to interpret the Nativity and take whatever approach they wanted to portray it, ranging from literal depictions to the very abstract. Among the pieces that will be on display are a collection of old Christmas cards depicting the Nativity and posters designed by art students.

One piece, depicting the Canadian Christmas Carol, is particularly unique because the artist incorporated the Algonquin tribe into the Nativity scene.

Justin Johnson, Gallery Director, said that the motivation was not to assemble an exhibition of assimilated, repetitive pieces, but rather to allow artists to “reflect on their own faith and their own approach to the subject.”

The gallery opens with a public reception on November 4 at 6 p.m. and will also be featured during the university’s Holiday Art Bazaar on Saturday, December 2. For up-to-date gallery times and availability, visit

Knights Host Regional Soccer Challenge

Knights of Columbus Councils 5521 and 8617 hosted the Regional Soccer Challenge on Saturday, October 7, at Queen of Peace Church in Mishawaka. Nine students qualified to compete at the State Finals Soccer Challenge Championship in Noblesville. From left are Nathan Rhorer, Lauren Underwood, Ryan Grill, Aryana Grill, Tyler Graham, Lucy Warner, Joe Curylo, Julio Deleon, Elizabeth Curylo, Hunter Popenfoose, Beretta Opliger, and Mauricio Nueuez.

Pioneers Give Back to the Community

Students at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic School stand in front of boxes of canned goods collected for St. Mary’s Soup Kitchen. In the span of two weeks in mid-October, students in preschool through eighth grade collected 715 cans of food.

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